In our last blog post we mentioned a few really cool ways that people were using SoundCloud and we’d like to tell you about another one. This time it’s all in the name of a good cause!
We know that many of you are on Twitter because we see you all busy using SoundCloud’s ‘share via Twitter’ social feature that we launched last year. If you’re one of these people then you should definitely get involved in Twestival.fm (a sister-site to Twestival, the festival taking place in 184 cities worldwide on 12th February).
The organisers are asking artist, bands and labels to donate tracks via their SoundCloud Dropbox. These tracks will then be made available for streaming and download between the 5th and 19th February at the Twestival.fm website using a SoundCloud player. The site is hoping to raise $20,000 by asking visitors to leave a tip in a Radiohead ‘pay what you want’ style. All money raised will go directly to charity: water to help build five new drinking wells in places where many have no access to fresh water.
You can donate your track via the DropBox below or simply share a track you already have in the Cloud with http://soundcloud.com/twestival
Donate your track
We look forward to seeing how the campaign runs!
News has been reaching us of some really exciting contests going on in the Cloud at the moment. It’s great to see lots of users being creative with their SoundCloud players and dropboxes. And for budding producers and SoundCloud users it means the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
Get Physical have a fantastic new concept album due out on 6th February called Final Song #01. It might sound a bit morbid but the album is a collection of records that the artists would like to be played at their funeral or hear before they die: the track that is so important to them it should be played for eternity. And they’re letting SoundCloud users join in the fun. Have you produced a song that you’d like to hear before you die? If so, upload it to the Final Song dropbox and if your track is selected you’ll win some great prizes!
Roll Records have really gone all out and are offering the chance to win a 20” iMac by remixing Reead. Who doesn’t want to win a 20” iMac? Make sure you check out this competition that Roll Records is running in association with DJDownload. Closing date for entries to their dropbox is 15th February.
The Dandy Warhols are also making use of SoundCloud for their remix competition. We only just found out about this one so there’s not much time left to enter a remix. But check out all the stems and more information on their SoundCloud page or get them right here:
Compost are offering you the chance to rework ‘Aurevoir’ a track taken from Alif Tree’s second album ‘Clockwork’ available spring 2009. Prizes include a full release of the remix on Compost Records, a free SoundCloud Pro account and a delightfully put together care-package with 50 vinyls or CD’s picked out from the Compost vaults. The deadline for remix submissions is Sunday 15th March, so get over to Compost’s page and get busy!
If you’re using SoundCloud in a really interesting way then we’d love to hear about it.
Speedy J (Jochem Paap) is doing an interesting project that we really like. It goes by the name of Open Collabs, and it’s a sort of über-collaborative album where Speedy J will take the stuff you send him and work it into new pieces consisting of many small fragments provided by the community and Mr. Paap himself. The finished album will be release on his label Electric Deluxe, and profits will be shared with all artists appearing on it 50/50. If you want your material to be on the album, you must submit your parts before December 1st. So head over to the Open Collabs site to register! You can then discuss the project directly with Jochem over at our forum. There’s also a FAQ if you need to know more specifics.
Here are some examples of what you could send:
What’s really cool is that the entire process of creating this album is supported by SoundCloud. Speedy J uses the DropBox for receiving parts, the player to display the works in progress and the API to visualize the process of creation…
Needless to say, we’re really looking forward to hearing what comes out of this!
Btw, if you check out the Open Collabs DropBox, you’ll notice that it looks really fresh. That’s because he’s using a new feature that we launched today for PRO Max and Medium accounts called “branded DropBox”. It gives you full control of the appearance of your DropBox. If you have a PRO Max or Medium account you can enable it here. More on this coming soon!